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Fire Island National Seashore

Suffolk County, Long Island

Watch Hill salt marsh and a piping plover

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Fire Island is the longest barrier Island guarding the south shore of Long Island, and a 26-mile long portion of the island is protected as Fire Island National Seashore. Each year, thousands of people come to enjoy the island's white sand beaches and seaside communities, as well as the rich variety of coastal wildlife amid the surf and windswept dunes. Watch dolphins and-if you are lucky-whales and porpoises frolicking off shore, while shorebirds and other wildlife can be glimpsed on the beach and inland.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Offshore
  • Beach
  • Salt marshes, and ancient maritime forests
  • Tidal pools

Recreational Opportunities

  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Fire Island Lighthouse
  • Visitor center with exhibits and interpretive programs (Smith Point)
  • Self-guided, boardwalk nature-trail

Accessible Features

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This site has accessible features that include historical sites, trails and a beach. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


19,580 acres

Closest Town

Patchogue and Babylon


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Contact Information

Telephone: Park headquarters: 631-687-4750

Address: Park headquarters: 120 Laurel Street, Patchogue, NY 11772-3596

Website: Fire Island National Seashore (link leaves DEC website)

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Photo Credits: P. Valentine, National Park Service